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Monday, April 23

State Representative, Earl Poleski;  Jackson Police Chief, Matt Heins;  Christy Cottingham, Western HS Career Prep Coordinator, with Jared Vickers & Ammerissa Myles;  Phil Fischmeister & Becky Humphrey, Cascades Golf Course and Cascades Park & Summer Activities Kickoff;  Colleen Flynn, Jim Bommarito & Lindsay Wood, Prison City Players, for ‘Taking Liberties’;  Mark Joseph, Sparky’s Fireworks Outlet  

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The Big Seed 2016

The Big Seed 2016

Photos from the Jackson Community Garden's 8th Annual Big Seed Garden Fair and Cabbage Plant Contest.  Photos by JTV.

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Rose Festival Names Grand Marshal

The Jackson County Rose Parade has announced Jackson businessman Brian Surgener as the 2016 Jackson County Rose Parade Grand Marshal.  The theme of the June 5th Parade is “Everything is Coming Up Roses”. Brian Surgener is the owner of the Jackson Coffee Company and the Jackson Candy & Fudge Factory.  He was nominated by Windy Chimel who felt Brian deserved to be honored as the 58th Annual Rose Parade Grand Marshal because, “Brian is one of those people that Jackson is very lucky to have.  He has a successful business and in return constantly gives back generously to this community!  He truly understands what "community" means and exemplifies the word humanitarian.” The 2016 Jackson County Rose Parade will be held on Sunday, June 5, starting at 1pm.  The route begins on Greenwood Avenue at Blair Park and continues south on Fourth Street to Ella Sharp Park.  The Rose Parade is looking for more parade entries and there is no fee to enter.  Parade forms are available on the Rose Festival’s website at www.Jacksonrosefestival.org.

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Friday, May 20

Gautham Nagesh, Jackson Native, Reporter/Writer for the Wall Street Journal;  Dr. Bricker Buseth, Eye Services of Jackson, and Mobile Vision;  Deputy Ben Roe, Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Department, Marine Division;  Bruce Madej, Ladies PGA Volvik Championship;  Jerry Jarzynka, Jackson County Prosecutor and Mike Hirst, Congressman Walberg’s Forum on Heroin Epidemic

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Lumen-chrisiti-names-new Principal

Lumen boys track not thinking about last year, focused on regional

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — The defending Division 3 state champs are about to begin the 2016 postseason, and as Mike Woolsey said Friday morning, repeating is the furthest thing from his guys minds right now.   “Our main goal is to do well, and get as many guys qualified as we can,” he said of Saturday’s regional event. “This is also a great chance for some younger guys to gain some valuable experience. … For us, thinking about last year really doesn’t make any sense. This is a different team. The goal now is to get as many guys as possible with their best performances.”   Lumen will be joined by 16 other teams Saturday at Quincy in the regional event.   Action is set to begin around 9 a.m.   “We’ve really improved as the year’s gone on,” Woolsey said of his guys. “These are athletes coming along. We’re getting a lot of what we need to right now, and that’s key.”   Last year’s state-title team had depth and a ton of high-level talent that carried it 44 points at the final, seven better than Hillsdale.   “But we graduated a lot of those guys,…

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